Queenstown Autumn Tips – Concierge Corner

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Updates from the Concierge Corner

The colours of Queenstown Autumn are now on full display and we have checked in with our concierge to get the best tips for your autumn holiday in Queenstown.

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Autumn has arrived with a suitcase full of sunshine! After what has been not the best of summers here in Central Otago, it seems to be playing catch up in March. With weeks full of blue bird sky days, now is the time to enjoy all of what Queenstown has to offer! So make the most of the luscious weather, head outdoors and get stuck into those summer activities!

Around the Basin Bike Tours

Queenstown Autumn Hotel Sale - Crowne Plaza QueenstownA hot sunny day is perfect for seeing the sights, and what better way than to spend it exploring the area on a bike. Use the amazing guys at Around the Basin to hire a bike and sit back as they shuttle you out to those hard to reach areas. They offer a comprehensive range of packages to suit any traveller. Half days, full days or even multi days. The choice is yours. Got Kids? Take them on the Arrow River Trail which heads out from Arrowtown and ends in the Gibbston wine country. You can even watch as keen adrenalin seekers throw themselves off the Kawarau Bungy bridge, the first ever commercial Bungy! If wine is your thing, then why not bike the wineries as well. The freedom and choice are endless.

Biking around Queenstown and Central Otago is becoming even more popular every year. It’s peaceful, affordable and fun. Is the thought of biking around for hours exhausting? Then try our very own electric bikes, or E-bikes for short. Environmentally friendly, silent and allows for those steep hills! Here at the Crowne Plaza we offer half day and full day rentals. You can get out between 30-70 km depending on much you assist the bike by pedalling. Sounds too soft for you and want something a little bit more extreme? Then head up the Gondola with your mountain bike and take on the crazy trails of Ben Lomond!

Milford Sound by Helicopter

Queenstown is not the only place in the South Island enjoying the weather, Milford Sound is also getting a lot of sunshine. This a perfect time to make use of those incredible local flights. So why not treat yourself to an unforgettable helicopter experience. The crew at Glacier Southern Lakes Helicopters have numerous tours that can take you to some pretty remote locations. Never been on a glacier before? These guys will get you there. If you’re really lucky, you might get Alfie, their most experienced pilot. He took Sir Peter Jackson with him almost 20 years ago to do some filming for a small film trilogy called the Lord of The Rings…

A Package for Every Season

Save up to 25% off with our your autumn holiday in Queenstown when you book your stay before 17 May 2017. Stay between 28 April – 31 May 2017. Save up to an additional 5% off when you book directly as an IHG Rewards Club Member. Signing up is easy and free.

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Home to New Zealand’s Great Walks

Queenstown Autumn Hotel Sale - Crowne Plaza QueenstownThis time of year is also the perfect time to stretch out those legs and take on some of the most beautiful walks in the world. The Southern lakes are home to quite a few! Just to name one, the famous Routeburn track is accessible after one of the world’s most scenic drives into Glenorchy. Start this great walk in Mount Aspiring National Park and after a gradual ascent, you’ll pass through a 130 million-year-old beach forest full of mosses, lichens and ferns. How far you go down the track is up to you. There are checkpoints to suit any level of fitness and time restrictions and a wonderful soundtrack of the native birds to listen to along the way! If you would like a bit of guidance along these walks then look no further than the guys at Guided Walks New Zealand. They can guide you on these incredible journeys and have a wealth of knowledge to pass on. Kind of like your own personal Sir David Attenborough!

Where to Eat in Autumn

After a long days trek, you’re going to be fairly hungry right? Your best bet is our beautiful threesixty restaurant in the hotel. Enjoy panoramic views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables while tasting some expertly prepared dishes with locally sourced ingredients. There are also some great brand new restaurants that have recently opened up, to add to the already vast number of places to eat in Queenstown. The Grille by Eichardt’s hotel has recently surfaced to provide a vibrant and stylistic dining experience with amazing views of the Lakefront. Conveniently located in the centre of town by the beach, they specialise in locally sourced produce. Another new restaurant worth noting and should not be missed is The Taj, an upmarket Indian restaurant, whose speciality is local Indian street food. It’s unique, different to the other similar venues and has such an extensive menu showcasing exotic flavours you might have never tried before! It may surprise you!

Queenstown Autumn Hotel Sale - Crowne Plaza QueenstownEvery day in Queenstown is a surprise, you never know what might be waiting just around the corner!

 

Exclusive Queenstown Mountain Bike Adventure

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Remove yourself from corporate stress with an action packed autumn or spring adventure in Queenstown.

We have put together some of our top ideas to get you started with your next mountain biking adventure.

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Mountain Biking in Queenstown offers adventurous landscapes and some of the best trails in the South Island. Spring is an unrivalled time to explore the thrills of Queenstown’s incredible terrain. The sun is gentler and the snow is only on the peaks. Queenstown rivals Rotorua mountain biking with its world class trails, breath taking scenery and luxurious accommodation and facilities.

Mountain biking in spring is the perfect adventure!

Undoubtedly time on the Queenstown trails makes for a perfect escape with your friends, a team bonding adventure with your colleagues, or an adventurous get away with your partner. New Zealanders are exceptionally fortunate to have beautiful Queenstown on their backdoor step. After only a few hours’ drive or a short flight our concierge will welcome you to Crowne Plaza Queenstown where you will be transported from your hectic schedule to the serenity of tranquil lakeside views.

Crowne Plaza Queenstown has explored four options for mountain bike enthusiasts to experience Queenstown.

 

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Vertigo Bikes, less than 300 metres from Crowne Plaza Queenstown is a one-stop shop to get you equipped for your MTB Queenstown adventure. Their experience and enthusiasm in mountain biking Queenstown trails will ensure a successful trip.

Vertigo bikes offer:

  • Full day and half day rental on a range of bikes
  • Queenstown Bike Park combo with lift pass
  • Vertigo Gravity shuttle to trails in the Coronet Peak area
  • Vertigo Bike taxi to anywhere in the Wakatipu basin
  • A breath taking helicopter flight over the Remarkables
  • Skills clinics to increase the confidence of all abilities
Skyline Queenstown is home to an NZ first-ever Gondola assisted bike lift. In amongst the pine trees of the Ben Lomond Reserve it boasts over 30km of world class trails.

Downhill world champion Gee Atherton says of Queenstown trails “some of these tracks could rival world cup tracks!”

 

Skyline Queenstown
Brecon St, Queenstown
Phone: +64 3 441 0101
Fax: +64 3 442 6391
Email: queenstown@skyline.co.nz

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Biking-towards-The-Remarkables Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort in Gibbston Valley, Queenstown have 40km of professionally designed trails for riders of all abilities. Packages can include a Wine Cave tour and Buffet lunch at Gibbston Valley.

 

Rabbit Ridge Bike Resort
Gibbston Valley Winery,
Gibbston from Resta Road,
Gibbston Valley
Queenstown, New Zealand
0508 RIDE RABBIT

Around The Basin Bike Tours are experts in Queenstown MTB adventures and offer half day and full day tours. The Arrow River trail is a popular favourite that explores the beautiful Arrow River gorge and connects to the original miners trail and the Kawarau suspension bridge.

 

Tel: 0508 QT CYCLE / 0508 78 29253 (within NZ)
Tel: +64 27 952 5801 (international)

Email: info@aroundthebasin.co.nz

Queenstown, South Island, NZ

 

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To enjoy any of these experiences book yourself into Crowne Plaza Queenstown with one of our great packages or rates available. Complimentary shuttlebuses for Around the Basin and Rabbit Ridge will pick you up from the hotel. Skyline Queenstown in only a 5 minute walk from the then lobby. Book in advance to save up to 35 percent on your accommodation these school holidays.

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